SHALOM & CHAG SAMEACH
Brethren in YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH!
BLUE & WHITE [which are YAH’S (a.k.a ELOHIM’S) Main colours] are today’s special colours!
They signify/represent YAH’S Almighty Holy & Infallible WORD (a.k.a love letter; TORAH) as well as YAH’S Holiness & Righteousness!
It’s YOM HA ATZMAUT/INDEPENDENCE DAY in Israel today (sun-down Tuesday 28th April to sun-down Wednesday 29th April 2019)…
In 70 AD, we lost the Holy Promised Land during a Roman invasion. Praise YAH Almighty for HE used the U.S.A in 1948 to restore the land to us, Israel!
Hope you’re having a wonderful day despite being in quarantine.
On this day, it is tradition to wear Israel’s flag colours which are BLUE and WHITE!
Yom Haatzmaut is Israeli Independence Day, a day of great celebration held every year in late April or early May – on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence. Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration. In 2020, Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) falls from sundown on April 28 to sundown on April 29.
The major State Ceremony for Yom Haatzmaut takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s memorial day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut. The ceremony involves performances, speeches, and a ceremonial lighting of twelve torches which symbolizes the Twelve Tribes of Israel by twelve citizens who have made a great impact on the country. At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and firework displays.
The following day, parades and events take place across Israel including a spectacular military plane fly-by (see the schedule for the Independence Day Fly Over), parades, a famous International Bible Competition, and the ceremony for the Israel Prize which is Israel’s highest award and honor. The Israel Prize is given each year to about 10-15 people in the presence of the presence of the President, Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the Supreme Court president.
Yom Haatzmaut is a real family day, and Israelis flock to Israel’s National Parks, hiking trails, and beauty spots, for barbecues and picnics.
It is also tradition to sing the Israeli National Anthem:
Israel’s National Anthem: HATIKVAH/The Hope :
These are the words of the Israeli Anthem. It’s called the “HATKIVA” meaning “THE HOPE”.
Kol ode balevav
Nefesh Yehudi homiyah
Ulfa’atey mizrach kadimah
Ayin l’tzion tzofiyah.
Ode lo avdah tikvatenu
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim:
L’hiyot am chofshi b’artzenu –
Eretz Tzion v’Yerushalayim.
Additionally the following are the traditional activities in a nutshell:
1. Cook and Eat Israeli Food [classic Israeli dishes include: falafel, hummus, pita, Israeli salad and borekas.]
2. Fire Up the Grill (have a barbecue using vegetarian hotdogs, hamburgers, etc.
You can serve regular barbecue fare, decorate with Israeli flags and play Israeli music on the stereo.
Serve those Israeli foods you just cooked, with an Eretz Yisrael cake for dessert.)
BBQ recipes with an Israeli twist:
- Date BBQ Sauce (silan) from “JOY OF KOSHER”
- Lemon Olive Oil Chicken Wings.
- Beef and date molasses kebabs on cinnamon sticks.
- Moroccan-Spiced Lamb with Date BarbequeSauce.
- Beet tomato and eggplant skewers with lemon-olive oil dressing.
- Classic Israeli Salad.
3. Watch Israeli Movies [for example, the following are highly recommended:
(i). Ushpizin(about an ultra-Orthodox couple celebrating Sukkot in Jerusalem)
(ii). Walk on Water (an intelligence agent in the Israel Defense Forces deals with a difficult mission and falls in love),
(iii). Late Marriage (an Israeli man from an immigrant family struggles against his parents’ attempts to arrange his marriage.
Afterwards, chat about how it affected your guests’ understanding of Israel.].
4. Talk Politics and Peace (You can study more about the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Incidentally, many award-winning Israeli films and TV shows, including:
(i). “Arab Labor,” a comedy about an Arab-Israeli family,
(ii). “5 Broken Cameras”
……..address this issue head-on — so you could combine a movie screening with a discussion.
You may not solve the problem, but it’s a great way to recognize what you hope for in the future.]
5. Make Some Crafts [If you’re in the mood for some crafts, you can make your own mizrach sign.
A mizrach sign is a wall hanging for the easternmost wall of the Jewish home, reminding us which way to face while praying — toward Jerusalem. Making a mizrach is a nice reminder that Jewish people have always longed for our homeland, wherever we live.]
6. Also take sponsored walks in honour of Israeli charities like “OHEL SARAH (helps disabled children in Israel).
CHAG SAMEACH (HAPPY HOLIDAY)!
Once again, A VERY HAPPY YOM HA ATZMAUT to all physical and spiritual Israel/biological plus adopted Israel!!
Also, a Belated YOM HAZIKARON!
YOM HAZIKARON, in full “YOM HA ZIKARON LE HALALEI MA’ARAKHOT YISRAEL UL’NIFGE’EI PE’ULOT HAEIVAH“, is Israel’s official remembrance day, enacted into law in 1963. While YOM HAZIKARON has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has also been extended to civilian victims of terrorism.
Yom HaZikaron 2020 in Israel began in the evening of:
and ended in the evening of:
The physical Israel have instructions from ABBA YAHUVEH to fight for what belongs to them. They can’t give up. There’s something that drives them.
In summary, Israel keeps being invaded and taken over for various reasons however they have to keep rising up to fight for their YAH-given inheritance!!! They have every right.
BIBLICAL HISTORY WITH REGARDS TO THE PROMISED LAND, ISRAEL:
Remember that we lost our independence in 70 AD in our holy promised land when the Romans fought them and kicked us out of our YAH-given land.
Then with U.S.A’s support, in 1948, we regained our land back but not all of it because by that time, the Palestinians had taken over.
Also, in the very beginning some time after the Great Flood, the Israelites (Shemites) lost their land to the Canaanites (From Cham’s/Ham’s lineage) who forcefully took over the Holy Land, Israel against ABBA YAHUVEH’S instructions to Noah. Then ABBA YAHUVEH (a.k.a ABBA YAHWEH) gave Noah land proportions.
Shem had to inhabit elsewhere close by. Remember that there were less people on the earth at that time. Abraham meets Shem years later. In fact Shem is Melkizedek mentioned in Genesis and Hebrews.
Years later, through Abraham’s relocation from Iraq (his birthplace) to Syria and finally back to Israel, they were able to reclaim the land little by little. As we all know as per Genesis that YAHUVEH instructed Abraham to relocate. HE later revealed HIS plans to Abraham which manifested physically.
Dinah’s (Jacob’s daughter) Dinah’s rape by a Philistine Prince rape by a Philistine Prince led to the full conquest of the land as Jacob a.k.a Israel and his sons fought many battles to regain the land. When Levi and Simeon killed all the men while recovering from circumcision, a war started that last 2 years.
Then later on in history, the Israelites (our ancestors) lost their land to the Canaanites and Philistines and others during the World’s Greatest Famine (Joseph’s time as Zephanath Paneer in Egypt). This lasted about 430 years (in slavery) plus 40 years (in the wilderness) = 470 years.
The Israelites (our ancestors) returned to their land to fight for their land after crossing the Jordan River with Yahushua/Joshua the son of Nun as their leader. We conquered again but still had small battles here and there from their various enemies like the Philistines, Amalekites (from Esau’s lineage) and sadly, others from within Abraham’s lineage.
Remember that Abraham sent his other children away with their inheritance before he died so that they didn’t bother Isaac later on in life but sadly they joined hands with Esau’s children qnd rose us against Jacob’s a.k.a Israel’s children.
The land was lost again to various our empires, such as the Babylonian Empire, Persian Empire, the Greek-Syrians (Chanukah/Hanukkah), etc however ABBA YAHUVEH in HIS mercy always at some point through pioneers such as Nehemiah and Ezra restored it to us. HalleluYAH!
In summary, Israel keeps being invaded and taken over for various reasons however they have to keep rising up to fight for their YAH-given inheritance!!! They have every right. How they do it, hmmm… only YAHUVEH knows best!
Remember that ABBA YAHUVEH told King Saul not to have mercy on the enemies at all but he disobeyed by sparing some hence they became a pain for life! Saul, an Israelite was rejected by YAHUVEH for this. The Israelites read their Bibles very well. They don’t want to be rejected by YAH Almighty for rejecting their inheritance!
Romans 11 Names of God Bible (NOG)
God’s Continuing Love for Jewish People
11 So I ask, “Has God rejected his people Israel?” That’s unthinkable! Consider this. I’m an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he knew long ago. Don’t you know what Elijah says in the Scripture passage when he complains to God about Israel? He says, 3 “Lord, they’ve killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I’m the only one left, and they’re trying to take my life.” 4 But what was God’s reply? God said, “I’ve kept 7,000 people for myself who have not knelt to worship Baal.” 5 So, as there were then, there are now a few left that God has chosen by his kindness.[a] 6 If they were chosen by God’s kindness, they weren’t chosen because of anything they did. Otherwise, God’s kindness wouldn’t be kindness.
7 So what does all this mean? It means that Israel has never achieved what it has been striving for. However, those whom God has chosen have achieved it. The minds of the rest of Israel were closed, 8 as Scripture says,
“To this day God has given them a spirit of deep sleep.
Their eyes don’t see,
and their ears don’t hear!”
9 And David says,
“Let the table set for them become a trap and a net,
a snare and a punishment for them.
10 Let their vision become clouded so that they cannot see.
Let them carry back-breaking burdens forever.”
11 So I ask, “Has Israel stumbled so badly that it can’t get up again?” That’s unthinkable! By Israel’s failure, salvation has come to people who are not Jewish to make the Jewish people jealous. 12 The fall of the Jewish people made the world spiritually rich. Their failure made people who are not Jewish spiritually rich. So the inclusion of Jewish people will make the world even richer.
13 Now, I speak to you who are not Jewish. As long as I am an apostle sent to people who are not Jewish, I bring honor to my ministry. 14 Perhaps I can make my people jealous and save some of them. 15 If Israel’s rejection means that the world has been brought back to God, what does Israel’s acceptance mean? It means that Israel has come back to life.
16 If the first handful of dough is holy, the whole batch of dough is holy. If the root is holy, the branches are holy. 17 But some of the olive branches have been broken off, and you, a wild olive branch, have been grafted in their place. You get your nourishment from the roots of the olive tree. 18 So don’t brag about being better than the other branches. If you brag, remember that you don’t support the root, the root supports you. 19 “Well,” you say, “Branches were cut off so that I could be grafted onto the tree.” 20 That’s right! They were broken off because they didn’t believe, but you remain on the tree because you do believe. Don’t feel arrogant, but be afraid. 21 If God didn’t spare the natural branches, he won’t spare you, either. 22 Look at how kind and how severe God can be. He is severe to those who fell, but kind to you if you continue to hold on to his kindness. Otherwise, you, too, will be cut off from the tree.
23 If Jewish people do not continue in their unbelief, they will be grafted onto the tree again, because God is able to do that. 24 In spite of the fact that you have been cut from a wild olive tree, you have been grafted onto a cultivated one. So wouldn’t it be easier for these natural branches to be grafted onto the olive tree they belong to?
25 Brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery so that you won’t become arrogant. The minds of some Israelites have become closed until all of God’s non-Jewish people are included. 26 In this way Israel as a whole will be saved, as Scripture says,
“The Savior will come from Zion.
He will remove godlessness from Jacob.
27 My promise[b] to them will be fulfilled
when I take away their sins.”
28 The Good News made the Jewish people enemies because of you. But by God’s choice they are loved because of their ancestors. 29 God never changes his mind when he gives gifts or when he calls someone. 30 In the past, you disobeyed God. But now God has been merciful to you because of the disobedience of the Jewish people. 31 In the same way, the Jewish people have also disobeyed so that God may be merciful to them as he was to you. 32 God has placed all people into the prison of their own disobedience so that he could be merciful to all people.
33 God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep
that it is impossible to explain his decisions
or to understand his ways.
34 “Who knows how the Lord thinks?
Who can become his adviser?”
35 Who gave the Lord something
which the Lord must pay back?
36 Everything is from him and by him and for him.
Glory belongs to him forever! Amen!